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From Death Masks to Diaries - The Many Faces of Portraiture

16 Nov 2019 – 22 Mar 2020

Regular opening hours

10:00 – 16:30
10:00 – 16:30
10:00 – 16:30
10:00 – 16:30
10:00 – 16:30
14:00 – 16:30

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Normal admission fees apply

Saffron Walden Museum

England, United Kingdom


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An exhibition exploring the many faces of portraiture from death masks to diaries, coins to photographs, fingerprints to DNA. Displaying historic collections and new contemporary project to create a portrait of Uttlesford now.


What is a portrait, a painting or photograph, a film, a representation? Portraits are more than just images.

Portraits are everywhere, on the money in our wallets, the letters we write and the records we buy. They transmit the power of important people, decorate our homes and help us remember loved ones. There are more portraits taken today then in any other point in history and more ways then ever to identify an individual; our image, our words, our signature, our finger prints, our D.N.A. In a world obsessed by images of self, this exhibition explores what can be meant by the word portrait.

From conventional examples such as paintings, photographs and busts; to diaries, death masks and finger prints, explore Saffron Walden Museum’s varied collections and discover how portraits have been used throughout the centuries, from Ancient Egypt to today. The exhibition will also bring together new material as part of a project to create a portrait of Uttlesford now reflecting the diverse lives of the people that call the district home.

"From Death Masks to Diaries – The Many Faces of Portraiture" opens Saturday November 16 at Saffron Walden Museum.

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